Tsuut’ina Nation honours Prime Minister of Canada and Assembly of First Nations Chief
IN THE NEWS: March 4th, 2016 marked a historic day in Tsuut’ina Nation history as they honoured both the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde with a head dress and Dene names; Gumistiyi translated to mean, “The One Who Keeps Trying” and Xani-tii Sido?i “Sitting Buffalo.”
The intimate double ceremony was invitation only and exclusive to mostly elders, leaders, youth and members of the community as well as media who were allowed to shoot small parts of the event. The ceremony was led by elder Bruce Starlight from Tsuut’ina Nation.
The event was held at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, a successful business venture owned by Tsuut’ina Nation, a Dene community who is making serious strides in the area of economic development.
The visit brought out a number of leaders from around the country who all received a warm welcome from Tsuut’ina Nation Chief Roy Whitney and members of the community.
Students from the Tsuut’ina Nation schools performed for the leaders and guests as well as presented the Prime Minister with gifts including a beaded black leather jacket.